July 25, 2015 Subject:
Pearl Harbor Attack
First, a couple of corrections to earlier review.
1. The Russo-Japanese War occurred in 1904 and 1905, and was begun by a surprise attack by the Japanese fleet on the Russian Naval Base at Port Arthur in Manchuria. President Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1908 for negotiating a settlement to the conflict.
2. The first Sino-Japanese War occurred in 1894-95, and resulted in the Japanese gaining control of the island of Formosa as well as a dominate position in Korea. In 1931, the Japanese took over Manchuria and created the puppet state of Manchukuo. In July of 1937, the Second Sino-Japanese War was started, called by Japan "The China Incident", with Shanghai captured in late 1937, with the Rape of Nanking beginning in December of 1937 and extending into 1938.
I used the DVD version of this video in my World War 2 history class this summer, and finally made it to Pearl Harbor last summer to see the USS Arizona Memorial. I regard this as required viewing for any person studying World War 2, and I would extend that to the entire series.
December 7, 2008 Subject:
victory at sea
When you consider these two Chilling facts:
1. The Russo-Japanesse War of 1902-Japan "Won"
2. In the early thirties, Japan made advances and almost took China; the bombing of Shanghai in 1938
With that said,Japan had a do or die mentality-what did they have to lose. The A_Bomb dropping on two key Japanesse cities, made them lose honor (a Japanesse thing) if that had not happen, historicans say the war in the pacific could of dragged for another five years.
December 7, 2008 Subject:
Let sleeping giants lie
What a mistake it was for this tiny island nation to attack the vast North American continent.
Retribution was not swift in coming, but come it did.
The classical definition of retribution embraces the idea that the amount of punishment must be proportional to the amount of harm caused by the offence.
A more modern concept of retribution advocates that the amount of punishment must be proportional to the amount of unfair advantage gained by the wrongdoer.
America rarely if ever was so unified in it's pain and anger over the lives and pride lost on Dec. 7th, 1941.
Japan's militarists gained little advantage from this unexpected attack.
This footage and sober narration is still a powerful propaganda piece, effective as ever in drumming up determination to fight all who would attack us without warning, foolishly attempting to destroy the freedom of a people - our people -who have tasted it's sweet nectar.